McLeish came close to becoming a national hero with Scotland, who fell agonisingly short of qualifying for the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland, but the challenge presented by Blues was difficult for McLeish to resist.
He said: "It is with regret that I leave such a good job, such good people. We had a great rapport within the Scottish FA. But the lure of the day to day stuff and working in the Premier League was hard to turn down."
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